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Through The Looking Glass: January 2012

I’m thinking for 2012 we’ll do this in Chronological order… for the most part.  We’ll see!

January 1, 2012:  Genesis 1 – 3                       January 2, 2012: Genesis 4 – 7

January 3, 2012: Genesis 8 – 11                       January 4, 2012: Job 1 – 5

January 5, 2012: Job 6 – 9                               January 6, 2012: Job 10 – 13

January 7, 2012: Job 14 – 16                            January 8, 2012: Job 17 – 20

January 9, 2012: Job 21 – 23                            January 10, 2012: Job 24 – 28

January 11, 2012: Job 29 – 31                           January 12, 2012: Job 32 – 34

January 13, 2012: Job 35 – 37                           January 14, 2012: Job 38 & 39

January 15, 2012: Job 40 – 42                           January 16, 2012: Genesis 13 – 15

January 17, 2012: Genesis 16 – 18                    January 18, 2012: Genesis 19 – 21

January 19, 2012: Genesis 22 – 24                    January 20, 2012: Genesis 25 & 26

January 21, 2012: Genesis 27 – 29                    January 22, 2012: Genesis 30 & 31

January 23, 2012: Genesis 32 – 34                    January 24, 2012: Genesis 35 – 37

January 25, 2012: Genesis 38 – 40                    January 26, 2012: Genesis 41 & 42

January 27, 2012: Genesis 43 – 45                    January 28, 2012: Genesis 46 & 47

January 29, 2012: Genesis 48 – 50                    January 30, 2012: Exodus 1 – 3

January 31, 2012: Exodus 4 – 6

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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Looking Glass

 

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Through The Looking Glass: December 2011

Daily readings from December (and mid-November) 2011.

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December 31, 2011: Hosea 8 & 9

December 30, 2011: Hosea 7

December 29, 2011: Hosea 6

December 28, 2011: Hosea 4 & 5

December 27, 2011: Hosea 3

December 26, 2011: Hosea 1 & 2

December 25, 2011: Acts 27 & 28

December 24, 2011: Acts 25 & 26

December 23, 2011: Acts 24

December 22, 2011: Acts 23

December 21, 2011: Acts 20:17 – 22:30

December 20, 2011: Acts 19:21 – 20:16

December 19, 2011: Acts 19:1 – 19:20

December 18, 2011: Acts 18

December 17, 2011: Acts 17

December 16, 2011: Acts 16:16 – 16:40

December 15, 2011: Acts 15:30 – 16:15

December 14, 2011: Acts 14:21 – 15:29

December 13, 2011: Acts 14:1-20

December 12, 2011: Acts 13

December 11, 2011: Acts 12

December 10, 2011: Acts 11

December 09, 2011: Acts 10

December 08, 2011: Acts 9

December 07, 2011: Acts 8:26 – 8:40

December 06, 2011: Acts 8 – 8:25

December 05, 2011: Acts 7

December 04, 2011: Acts 5:12 – 6

December 03, 2011: Acts 4 – 5:11

December 02, 2011: Acts 3 (especially verses 19, 20, and 26)

December 01, 2011: Acts 1-2

November 17, 2011: Ecclesiastes 2:12-16, 26; 7:19, 25; 8:16-17

November 16, 2011: Proverbs 3:1-7, Deuteronomy 5:29, 1 Chronicles 28:9

November 15, 2011:  James 1

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Looking Glass

 

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How’s Your Vision?

How’s Your Vision?

The other day I heard that 9 out of 10 people have vision problems.

Can this be true?

What I read stated 60% of Americans are farsighted, and 30% are nearsighted.  To me this seems like an inflated number.  I saw in one place on-line that there was only an estimated 75% of Americans with vision impairment – yet it stated the same 60/30 far/nearsighted stats just a few sentences later.  Either way, 9 out of 10 or 3 out of 4, seems high.

I thought of the people I know…  While my wife, children, and I all recently tested 20/20 vision – neither of our immediate families fare so well.  She is the only one in her immediate family, and I in mine, that has not required some sort of vision correction.

With scriptures like Matthew 7:1-5, Proverbs 29:18, Hebrews 12:2, Luke 11:34, and many, many more… it is clear that vision is important, having the correct vision is ultra-important.

So I did a little looking into (pardon the pun) vision problems.
Here’s what I learned – though, I will try to keep my interjections and spiritual conclusions to myself…

Far-sighted – up to 60% of us?
These folks have trouble seeing items up close.  Those in the distance are clear, but the here and now is a bit fuzzy.  Untreated this can cause them headaches and fatigue.

Farsighted

Near-sighted – one out of three?
These are the opposite of the farsighted folks.  They can’t see far off, but items that are near to them are crystal clear.  I read that these folks are “unaware of faraway objects.”  Interesting choice of words.

Nearsighted

Color blindness – it’s a guy thing…
Only one-half-of-one-percent of females are color blind, yet up to 8% of males have some form of color blindness.  Color blindness is simply perception problem…  These people just don’t see the full scope of the situation.
While there are several different variations of color blindness, the most common form confuses red & green…
Do I stop or go?  Hmm…

Do you see a number?

Cataracts – The leading cause of blindness.

Basically a cataract is a barrier between the light source and the eye.  It’s a cloudy covering that seeps in while pushing everything else in your view out – until it is the sole object of your focus.  This affliction targets mostly the elderly, but it also seems to attack those that set their sights high.
From the Wikipedia Cataracts page:

A study among Iceland-air pilots showed commercial airline pilots are three times more likely to develop cataracts than people with non-flying jobs… Supporting this theory is the report that 33 of the 36 Apollo astronauts involved in the nine Apollo missions to leave Earth orbit have developed early stage cataracts…

Glaucoma – The second leading cause of blindness.
I was amazed to learn several years ago that many people who are blind have nothing wrong with their eyes – their eyes will dilate when the light changes.  Yet they cannot see simply because their optic nerve does not communicate with the brain.  The optic nerve is the go-between of what we see & the power source of our sight. If there is damage to the nerve, your eye may operate as it is designed but to no effect.

Glaucoma

There are two main types of glaucoma – open angle & closed angle.
Closed angle comes on suddenly and is painful The person experiencing it usually finds help before permanent damage happens.
Open angle, on the other hand, is called the “silent thief of sight.”  It attacks slowly and steadily over a period of months and years.  The victim is unaware what is happening until it is too late – the damage is done, the connection is all but severed.

Macular Degeneration –
This is an interesting one.  A person with AMD seems to have the middle of their picture burned out.  They can see all around the peripheral, where much activity happens, but not the center, the core, the main object of focus.  Again, there are two main types, but both have the same main effect.  Both cause a detachment of the retina disrupting communication to the optic nerve – therefore to the brain.

Corneal Opacity –
The cornea is the front of your eye.  It’s the clear covering that covers the iris and pupil.  Clear being the key word there.  The cornea is what takes the information entering the eye and puts it in its proper place.  This is more than half the battle!  Putting the light in the right place, focusing the information, and filing it where it is meant to go.  But when the transparency is compromised the light cannot pass through.  Instead of the light hitting its mark there is confusion.  Usually this is caused by trauma, or infection.

Opacity

Retinopathy –
The retina is the lining of the inside of the eye.  It is very sensitive and actually considered brain tissue.  The retina is what develops the pictures our eye takes.  It interprets what we see and makes them real to us.  When  the retina becomes damaged it causes those pictures to become spotty and incomplete.  The primary cause of retinopathy is diabetes…  Diabetes is closely linked to diet.  It is not a far leap to conclude that what you take in affects how you see things.
Here is what retinopathy looks like:

Retinopathy

Trachoma –
This is the roughening of the interior of the eyelids.  Trachoma is caused by an infection – external and controllable – and is usually spread within a family.  Bacteria is passed from member to member and soon the thing that is meant to protect your eye becomes rough and calloused and destroys the eye.  Approximately 41,000,000 people are afflicted with this disease – many of them children, simply due to dirty faces.

Other Afflictions –
There are several other things that cause blindness and vision loss – like parasites, and malnutrition.
One last interesting fact though.  The human field of vision is 180 degrees, in America you are legally blind if that field of vision is narrowed down to 20 degrees. Your vision may be crystal clear, your focus perfect within that 20 degrees – but you could still be blind…

Considering all of what I have learned – maybe 90% is a little low.
Perhaps my own vision isn’t quite as sharp as I’d like…

I ask again:  How is your vision? (Matthew 7:5)

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Musings, Sunday School

 

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Meet My 400 Pound Bald-Headed Wife…

Here is what I was doing on Facebook the other day:

That there is a whole lot of woman to love!

(You should see some of the stuff I DON’T post!)
Yes, I have been known to describe my wife in such a way…  here’s how it started:

Really...  I told a few others too!

True Story, No Lie - That lady was R-U-D-E!

Notice only 4 people like this part while 9 people like the original post…
Seriously, I told my wife what I had said about her the same day I said it – honestly.
I let her know about it for a few reasons:

  1. I don’t keep any secrets from my better half…
  2. It was way too funny not to share…
  3. I figured one day this lady would tell on me.
And each time I pulled this stunt on someone else, I let my wife know also – but there was no time nearly as fun as that first time.

Besides – here’s how I really feel:

I'm for REAL!

Yup, I mean it - because she is A-MA-ZING!

Now I’ve got to say that I am still (after nearly 15 years of marriage) absolutely head-over-heals in love with my wife!  And 100 years from now I think I will still feel the same way about her.

I love to tell people that we are madly & passionately in love with each other – I’m the passionate one & she’s the mad one!

Seriously we were made for each other – we were both born on the same day…
Which really flipped the customs officer out when we were returning from a cruise one time.

AND, we’re a match made in heaven – we were born again on the same day too!
(Not the same day as our birthday’s…  a different day)

To top it all off we both got married on the same day too!  Imagine that!

I admire my wife for all the roles she plays in our lives.  She does it all – and I mean all.
We’ve got a gaggle of mini-us’ that she educates from the house.  A house which she keeps spotless at all times… with a gaggle of children running around.  She feeds us and feeds us well!  (I’ve gained nearly 100 pounds since we’ve been married)  An incredible cook!  She’s just as much as a tight-wad with our money as I am (more so actually).  In the past year or so she took up this whole couponing business and has maintained our feeding habits on half the budget.  She is always on time for everything, and we stay active!  Any of my crazy adventures – camping, hunting, fishing, road trips, etc. – she gets “excited” about…  All of our church activities she’s with me 100%…

Man!  I need to give her a kiss real quick – y’all hang on!

Okay – and she’s beautiful to boot!
Here’s a real picture:

Oops... this is after dark!

Wrong one!  I meant:

The real her!

That’s closer anyhow…  Much closer.  My wife’s hair is to her ankles.  Everywhere we go people want to touch it.  Since I started charging $1 for each person to touch it we will be able to send our children to college with no student loan debts…  Take that Dave Ramsey!

Now for the real reason for this post:
My wife started a blog today!
I have been trying to get her to blog for well over a year.  People are always asking how she manages this, and that…  I think she should share it with the world…  Why not!?!?

So, after she shared one of my posts (click to read – I dare you) on her Facebook – and I showed her where my site stats went way up…  even though I had already posted it to Facebook, she decided maybe she could do it!

Now that you’ve read this far – Here it is, you must click it!
http://repunzelsramblings.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/hello-world/

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in My Life

 

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Through The Looking Glass: Job

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Finished Job this morning.

I’ve been going through the Word in chronological order.  It brings a bit of historical reference and can make some of it fit together in your mind a little better sometimes.

I have long known Job was perhaps the oldest book of the Bible, and have always loved the story.  When my wife & I were starting our lives over together I painted a picture inspired by Job 11:16.

Yes.  I know the words of that verse were spoken by one of Job’s ignorant friends – and his friends were mostly judgmental fools that knew not the God they spoke of (Boy! Can I relate – been there, done that, got a t-shirt AND a trophy)…  But, I love the verse because it is true – even Job started out his response in chapter 12 with “No duh!?!” (that’s the GRRR version, sorry).

There are several incredible things to glean from Job.  What sums up the whole book for me though is this:

I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand-from my own eyes and ears! I’m sorry-forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise! I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.  Job 42:5-6 MSG

I have got to know Him!

Click to see where I’ve been daily for the past 15 days:  https://drgiddy.wordpress.com/bible/

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2012 in Looking Glass

 

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Welcome To The Victory Amusement Center

Friday (if you’re reading this a hundred years from now, you can pretend like it was the Friday that just passed – I am sure it will still work) I was talking to a friend about some of the crazy ideas I’ve had that could become successful business ventures IF I’d ever just quit talking about them and put them into action.  Most of them are not crazy at all, very practical really – which is why they would be successful.

BUT in the conversation my mind drifted back to what was probably my first crazy idea…  This one was totally crazy, and probably never would have worked – so, I will share it here and maybe one of you will take up the vision and make it successful.

WARNING
This is a really stupid and silly idea…  but I had it and I’m sharing it – yes, I’ll probably regret it – c’est la vie.

This was my big idea.  My plan to become immortality famous.  This is the dent I was going to make in the universe.  The agenda that was going to rocket me to the top.  To make the Pelletier name a common household name.  The scheme that would enthrone the Pelletier’s in the American royalty.  The one item that would make my children snotty little heirs and heiresses.

**Drum roll**
Brace yourselves…
I was going to put Disney out of business.

Yes.  That was the plan.
Well, that was the end-game, the goal anyhow.

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E

I had him in my crosshairs

Take that pompous little mouse and put him in the unemployment line…
I know – that sounds heartless, but I’ve been called that before – you get used to it after a while…
and I’m not really uncaring at all – at least my mom doesn’t think so.

How?
Simple…  Just a few easy steps.
1. Get a degree in Computer Animation.
2. Go work for Disney…  Yes, learn from them.  The man started a successful empire – get on the inside and glean all the information I can.  Be the best they have – make them lots of money…
3. Live incredibly frugal while working for the enemy, save tons of cash – and then:
4. Start MY own family entertainment empire!!!

See, it’s just that easy!
I even designed a logo…  well, actually, I just fused a couple existing ones together –
Here it is, let’s see if you can guess the inspiration behind it:

Victory!

Victory Entertainment - Where Dreams Come True!

Why?
Why not?
Hey!  If all those dumb little things that are sold in the “As Seen On TV” section at Walmart can make people money, why not give the mouse some competition?

Now…  I warned you it was stupid and silly – and it was a loooong time ago too.
So you are welcomed to use take it and accomplish it if you’d like.

I have several others now, and as I said before – they’re pretty good…  so I won’t be sharing them with you, sorry.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in My Life

 

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Ring Tones

When I was writing WIDOMTGB Part 2, I thought those that know me well may think it’s odd that I have a U-2 song to alert me my boss is calling, so – here’s a brief explanation of my ring tones.

I have special ring-tones for a few (very few) special people (don’t be offended if you’re not listed) in my life:

1. My wife…  currently it is set to “I See the Light” – from the Tangled soundtrack.
Why?  Not only because my wife is Rapunzel –

I am unashamed-ly in love with a Disney Princess.
Since she loves me back – yes, I can relate to the Disney version of a worthless thief turned prince charming.
But also because we both spent:

All those days chasing down a daydream,
All those years living in a blur…
All that time never truly seeing things the way they were,

until together we saw the light…

And it’s warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once everything is different,
Now that I see You.”

2. My Pastor & Assistant Pastor…  If these incredibly important people are taking the time to call a little guy like me – it is important.  And for me to speak to giants like these men, I must be prepared spiritually. (Sincerely – for those of few you that still don’t think I can be serious, I am)
The special tune that gets my mind on God is Casting Crown’s “Glorious Day”  What an awesome message:

Living He loved me
Dying He saved me
Buried He carried my sins far away!

The part I have on my phone though is:

Jesus came forth to
Be born of a virgin,
Dwelt among men,
My example is He.

Mainly because those two men also live that example…  I love them!

3. My boss…  I really do have a good boss.  BUT the special ring for his calls is to serve more as a warning than anything else –  To let me know:  Hey!  The DUTY is calling!  And so I chose:  “Beautiful Day”

Not for the lyrics or message per se.  Although I do think it has a good message:

 According to Bono, “Beautiful Day” is about “a man who has lost everything, but finds joy in what he still has.” – from Wikipedia’s “Beautiful Day” page

One reason is because I need the reminder that whatever he needs – it’s still a Beautiful Day.
Another reason is because I can’t help but be positive with the words “it’s a beautiful day” blasting from my hip.
The final reason is because when I answer I greet him with the words:  It’s a beautiful day!
So – whatever I may have done wrong (me?  never!) – whatever cuss words he is wanting to fling at me (he doesn’t ever do that really) – whatever bad news he may want to deliver…  He knows from the start he will have to beat my optimism into the ground first!

And I do believe, that automatically makes his day better.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in My Life

 

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